- The Rays earned a sweep against the Yankees with a 7-6 win on a snowy night in the Bronx. One of the Yankee announcers last night mentioned that the Rays were beating the Yankees at their own game. We think it was the other way around. New York committed 3 errors, had 3 wild pitches, 1 passed ball and blew an early lead. The Yankees lost to the Rays at their own game. Elijah Dukes hit a home run that might have killed somebody in the left field seats. It might have been the single hardest hit home run we have ever seen. Jae Seo gave up 11 hits but only walked 1 and did a good job of working into the 7th inning despite not having his best stuff. And we saw a rare site last night. The Rays had a 1-run lead in the 9th and a pitcher (Al Reyes) came on for a 1-2-3 inning to close it out. We are contacting Cooperstown now. They will want his glove. Joe Maddon argued a call for the second straight game, matching his entire 2006 total.
- The cold weather kept Rocco Baldelli and Dioner Navarro out of the lineup. Jonny Gomes made his first appearance of the season at DH and Josh Paul was behind the plate.
- Today is the home opener and the Trop will debut its signature hot dog, the “Sting ‘Em Dog”. Umm…ok?
- In more important news, the home opener is a sell out.
- Stuart Sternberg is still hoping that today will be the first of 50 home wins this season. Does he realize that only four teams accomplished that feat last season? In the same piece we learn that Carl Crawford will be the Ray to wear #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson on April 15.